The House on Mango Street Chapter 3 - Boys and Girls
Esperanza wishes for a best girl friend of her own, as she realizes the differences between boys and girls. She looks at her own family as references. Carlos and Kiki are each other's best friend, and truly no friend to Esperanza and Nenny. Her sister, Nenny, however, is too young to be her friend, and must therefore be her responsibility. Esperanza longs for her own best friend, to whom she can tell all the secrets in the world. Until that time, she feels like a red balloon tied to its anchor below.